Cartodere nodifer


This is a minute scavenger beetle sometimes called a mould beetle, and measures 1.5 to 2 mm in length. Colour when mature is dull black and the mature specimens have a waxy membrane to the sides of the pronotum and on various parts of the ventral surface. Younger specimens may be browner than mature adults.

Identification difficulty
Recording advice

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Various habitats including in fungi, grass tussocks and litter.  They tend to avoid very dry areas.

When to see it

Adults occur all year round.

UK Status

Widespread and fairly frequent in England and Wales.

VC55 Status

Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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